When Queen Victoria died in 1901, she was the longest-reigning English monarch, Empress of India, and matriarch of most of the royal houses in Europe. In this magisterial work, one of our finest biographers finds his greatest subject. Drawing on a wealth of previously unseen material, Wilson charts Victoria's strange, isolated childhood, her marriage to Prince Albert, and her controversial friendship with John Brown, revealing an expressive, passionate and unconventional woman very different from her public image.
The Age of Elizabeth II
Rocked by Suez and scandal, galvanized by Wilson's 'white heat of technology', tuned into the Beatles and polarized by Thatcher, the reign of Elizabeth II has seen Britain transformed from post-war austerity to the digital age. AN Wilson's ambitious social and cultural history combines broad narrative sweep with telling detail to portray an era in which imperial certainties crumbled before the complex realities of modern multi-cultural society.